April 12, 2018
The official commissioning ceremony for "The Project for Emergency Improvement of Electricity Supply Facilities in Abuja" was held on 12th April 2018 in the premises of the existing 132/33kV Apo Transmission Substation in Abuja.
The ceremony was attended by the Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, the Hon. Minister of Power Works, and Housing, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the Honourable Minister of Federal Capital Territory (Represented by Engineer Umar Gambo Jibrin, the Executive Secretary Federal Capital Development Authority), Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, Managing Director Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), H.E. Mr. Sadanobu Kusaoke, Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, and Mr. Katsutoshi Komori, Chief Representative of JICA Nigeria Office amongst other dignitaries.
The project was executed with grant assistance worth One Billion Three Hundred and Seventeen Million Japanese YEN (1,317,000,000 JPY) (equivalent to approx. 12.4 million USD) for the installation of power capacitors and switchgears necessary for maintenance, operation and protection of the power capacitors in the premises of the existing 132/33kV Apo and 132/33kV Keffi Transmission Substations. The project will further contribute towards the provision of stable and reliable power supply in parts of Abuja and Nasarawa State.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed expressed gratitude to the people and Government of Japan for the numerous supports to Nigeria's power sector especially through grant projects. Similarly, Mr. Babatunde Fashola thanked JICA and the Government of Japan for the completion of the project and other pipeline projects.
H.E. Mr. Sadanobu Kusoake reiterated Japan's commitments towards supporting Nigeria's industrialization through continuous improvement of the power sector. Availability of stable and reliable power supply is critical for economic growth and will also attract foreign investments into Nigeria. Likewise, Mr. Katsutoshi Komori said improving core infrastructure including the power sector is one of the priority areas of JICA programmes in Nigeria, in order to realise Nigeria's economic potential.
JICA will continue to contribute to Nigeria's power sector for economic growth and development.
Cutting of the tape by Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing and H.E. Mr. Sadanobu Kusaoke, Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria
60MVAR Capacitor Bank installed at the 132/33kV Transmission Substation in Apo